How to Avoid Slow Lunch Lines


Ranulfo Martinez, Staff Reporter

Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day but, lunch should not be overlooked. However, here at Birmingham many students consider skipping lunch altogether. This is partly due to the fact of the slow lunch lines.

The main cause of the long lines is the amount of students. It’s not rare to look at the cafeteria and see a herd of students waiting in line to get their lunch. This can be very problematic for students who are in clubs or just hate standing in long lines.

In my time here at Birmingham, I have learned a thing or two about how to get around waiting in these sluggish lunch lines:

Getting there early 

If you can beat the crowd, then you can easily get your food and go without having to wait in any lines. This can be accomplished by making a beeline to the cafeteria as soon as the  bell rings or if you are lucky your class is near the cafeteria.

Getting there late 

This one is a little risky but it can pay off in a really big way. The idea is that you will be waiting for the lines to die down. The trick is to go about ten minutes before the bell rings for class. To do this, it is imperative to know the schedule–(regular or Tuesday).

The Verdict

Using these tips and tricks come with a certain degree of risk. If you go too late, you’ll miss lunch entirely and if you go too soon, there are times when the lunch isn’t ready to be served and you’ll find yourself waiting! Although, if you think that lunch is something you cannot leave to chance, your best bet of course is to wait in the lines which aren’t all that bad (considering the high quality of the food).